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Baton Rouge Sheriff: 'With God's Help We Will Get Through This'

Baton Rouge Sheriff: 'With God's Help We Will Get Through This'
 Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (AP/Melinda Deslatte)

By    |   Sunday, 17 July 2016 04:39 PM EDT

As some media outlets were releasing a name of the suspect in the shootings that left three Baton Rouge law enforcement officers dead, the sheriff was calling for an end to the violence.

Multiple U.S. news outlets identified the suspected gunman in Sunday's fatal shootings of law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge as Gavin Long, with CBS News saying Long was from Kansas City, Missouri. Sunday was also Long's 29th birthday, CBS reported.

In an emotional press conference, Baton Rogue law enforcement said that every resource was being deployed in an ongoing investigation to determine if more individuals were involved in the attack.

Officials said there is not an active shooter scenario, as law enforcement believe the suspect who shot and killed three policemen and wounded three others on Sunday morning was the person who was shot and killed at the scene

The police did not reveal the names of the victims during the press conference, but said they all had families and that one of the wounded was fighting for his life.

More gun control is not the answer to police killings, but rather a change in human hearts, Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said during a press conference Sunday following the deaths of three police officers in a shootout with a suspect there.

"With God's help we will get through this," Gautreaux said. "To me, this is not so much about gun control as it is about what's in men's hearts. And until we come together as a nation, as a people, to heal as a people, if we don't do that and this madness continues, we will surely perish as a people."

The police killings come in the wake of protests in Baton Rouge and around the country over recent killings by black men by police. One of those incidents, the shooting death of Alton Sterling, happened in Baton Rouge on July 5.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards called the killings unjustified and unjustifiable.

"The violence, the hatred, just has to stop," he said. "And it's at times like this I wish the command of the English language that I have were more adequate to the task to convey the full range of emotions that I am feeling and to express them on behalf of the state of Louisiana.

Edwards called for a "constructive dialogue" rather than more violence.

"It doesn't address any injustice perceived or real," he said. "It is just an injustice in and of itself."

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Sunday, 17 July 2016 04:39 PM
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